Dr. Unmesh Takalkar and Dr. Manisha Takalkar in an effort to give back to the community, founded the CIIGMA HEALTH FOUNDATION in 2013. Since then, they both have tirelessly worked to take up initiatives in healthcare that will benefit the rural parts of the country which are mostly neglected.
Born in Jalna, Dr. Takalkar completed his education in Aurangabad. He was a gold Medalist in MBBS and later went on to specialise in Surgery. After gaining many years of experience treating patients, he decided to venture into entrepreneurship and founded the renowned United CIIGMA Hospital in Marathwada in 2012. In 2017, Dr. Takalkar was awarded Fellowship by American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE, USA).
Marathwada is an underdeveloped region and being Dr. Unmesh Takalkar’s native, he was well aware of the deficits in its medical industry. His vision was to set-up a state-of-art medical facility in Marathwada region. He firmly believed that a clinician can best honor humanity by providing finest medical care without social/economic bias. With this mindset he started his first venture in the field of medicine – CIIGMA Hospital which operated on principal modus operandi- Service to Humanity, Service to God.
Changing trends in the medical field and increasing complications in patient pool demands not only an at-par medical facility but also a competent team. The concept of never ending pursuit for excellence inspired by his patrons – Padmabhushan Dr. D Nageshwar Reddy and Padmabhushan Dr. Suresh Advani strengthened his confidence to surpass peers. Continued association with such legendary figures and dedicated hard work of 25 years has seen his small venture flourish into CIIGMA Group of Hospitals which includes:
- CIIGMA Nursing Home (2008)
- United CIIGMA Hospital (2013)
- United CIIGMA Nursing Home (2018)
With modern diagnostic facilities, various financial support systems for patients and over 50 specialist doctors he has taken a sincere step towards healthier India.
Extending from his vision of providing the best healthcare to the region, Dr. Unmesh Takalkar and his wife, Dr. Manisha Takalkar started the GI Vision initiative, a platform that invites world class surgeons to provide live training to endoscopy surgeons in the area and around the country. GI Vision live surgeries are broadcasted via internet to various other countries and within India to impart first hand surgical education to students and surgeons. This initiative is one of the many educational initiatives started by CIIGMA HEALTH FOUNDATION.
Dr. Manisha Takalkar closely manages the execution of all activities undertaken by CIIGMA HEALTH FOUNDATION to ensure integrity, authenticity and transparency in all its operations.